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Nonprofits sought for Stomp for a Cause

Support local nonprofits during Carlos Creek Winery's Stomp for a Cause at its annual Grape Stomp and Wine Festival held Friday through Sunday, September 13-15 at the winery in Alexandria.

The festival, featuring live music, art, food and craft vendors and daily grape stomping competitions, will culminate with a day dedicated to raising money for a Douglas County non-profit. This year's non-profit recipient is Alexandria Youth Hockey.

"We introduced Stomp for a Cause at last year's festival," said Tami Bredeson, winery president. "The recipient, Alexandria Area Arts Association, raised around $1,700. This year's group, Youth Hockey, feels confident they can raise even more."

Sunday will be Stomp for a Cause day. Every 30 minutes, eight teams will stomp grapes, and 100 percent of their stomping fees will go to Youth Hockey, which could equal $2,000 if all team spots are filled.

Youth Hockey will also sell raffle tickets, and representatives will have information about the Youth Hockey program.

The final stomping competition of the day will be The Great Stomp Off where eight Douglas County non-profit teams will compete for the opportunity to be next year's Stomp for a Cause recipient.

Douglas County non-profits interested in being next year's Stomp for a Cause recipient should contact the winery to register. Two of the eight spots for this year are already filled.

Non-profits selected will need to field a team of two for the actual stomp and will have to pay a $25 stomping fee, which will go to the Youth Hockey Association.

"New to this year's festival will be the All-American Lumberjack Show and the Lake Superior Helicopters," said festival director Michelle Bailly. "Returning to the festival will be the Dweebs in concert Friday night and the Man Cave, featuring Schell's Beer."

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